FILE-In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, file photo, Sergio Lira, of Phoenix, holds Christmas bulbs as he shops at the Home Depot in Phoenix. Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of 2012, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, that it expects sales during the winter holiday shopping period in November and December to rise 4.1 percent this year. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle) MARICOPA COUNTY, NO SALES

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FILE-In this  Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, file photo, Sergio Lira, of Phoenix, holds Christmas bulbs as he shops at the Home Depot in Phoenix. Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of 2012, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, that it expects sales during the winter holiday shopping period in November and December to rise 4.1 percent this year. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle) MARICOPA COUNTY, NO SALES
FILE-In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, file photo, Sergio Lira, of Phoenix, holds Christmas bulbs as he shops at the Home Depot in Phoenix. Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of 2012, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years. The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, that it expects sales during the winter holiday shopping period in November and December to rise 4.1 percent this year. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle) MARICOPA COUNTY, NO SALES
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